I was mildly interested in environmentalism before I had kids. But being a mama changes so much. Now I'm passionate about our environment.
I want to learn more about sustainable agriculture, my carbon footprint, protecting wildlife and pollution issues. I want to buy more organic (foods, fabrics, etc.) and more natural products. I want to visit a landfill to see the damage first-hand. I want to visit a recycling center to see the recovery begin to take place.
But it's not for me...it's for my kids and their future kids.
When I started making a list of some of the things my family does to help the planet, I noticed that some items were more progressive and maybe considered alternative outside of a "green" community (or state like California). I'll get to those in a post later this week.
But also on the list were what I would consider "no brainers," things that hopefully are more commonplace. The best part about the "no brainers" is that in doing something good for the planet, often I am also doing something healthier for my family and saving money.
The "no brainers"
- use energy-saver light bulbs
- choose an environmentally-friendly product over one that is not
- turn off TVs (my husband needs a bit of help with this one) and lights when not in the room
- clean the lint trap of your dryer
- set heater/air-conditioner on a timer
- machine wash your clothes in cold water
- turn off faucets when not in use
- collect rain water to water plants
- buy organic as often as possible
- choose a product with as little packaging as possible
- donate items to thrift stores
- turn unusable old clothes into rags
- reuse tissue paper and ribbon from gifts
- turn my kids' abundant artwork into greeting cards
From the books I read to the household cleaners I buy, I'm thinking about the environment. I am by no means an expert. And I could be doing more. But little by little, day by day, I learn new things and take better care of our planet and my family.
Now, go show your mother some respect!